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Project Prayer Box

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This is the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life. My name is Paige Lewis, and  this is Project Prayer Box, where I have hidden a box on top of a mountain in Los Angeles, and am offering to hike the prayers of the world up to the box and put them inside.

The idea began last summer, when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I hid a box on a mountain top and delivered prayers each day for her to be healed of her cancer.

 

The Story.

Chapter one of this story begins in June of 2013, when I moved across the country from Texas to Los Angeles in order to pursue my music career. But about a month after the big move, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

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The devastating news was made even worse by the fact that I had just moved 1,500 miles away from home. However, one day while hiking on a mountain trail near my new apartment, I came up with an idea that changed everything.

I decided that I would make a ‘Prayer Box’, hide it somewhere on top of the mountain, write out prayers for my mom each morning, and then hike them up to the box and put them inside. Something about doing this made me feel like I was helping in some way, even though I was so far away from home. It felt like I was symbolically and quite literally lifting my mom up in prayer by hiking prayers up to the highest point I could climb. I remember saying to my friend, “It’s weird, but I feel like God can hear me better up there.” So I made the box, wrote my first prayer, and hiked it up the mountain.

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On my first hike, I was told about the only tree on the mountain that survived a wildfire several years ago. I named it The Survival Tree, and hid the box in its shadow.

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After a month or so of hiding my own prayers, I decided to invite friends and family to join me in this effort. They began mailing me prayers for my mom, and I started hiding those in the Prayer Box as well.

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My mom successfully completed her chemotherapy shortly before Christmas, so I compiled all of the prayers and the pictures I had taken into a book entitled “Prayers for Mom” that I gave my mom on Christmas morning.

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Chapter Two of this story begins now. The hope, encouragement, and love that this experience has brought forth in my life is something that I can’t stand to let fade. So I’ve hidden a new box on top of the same mountain, and I want to fill it with YOUR prayers.

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By opening up the Prayer Box journey to the world, I aim to provide hope to those who need it most. I invite you to be a part of this with me, and to help me spread the word! Send me your prayers, worries, or wishes for yourself, your family, your neighbor, or anyone and anything you want. You can also tweet your prayer @projprayerbox using #projectprayerbox.

Thank you for taking the time to read this/watch the video. If this inspires you or you know someone who may be encouraged by having their prayer hiked, please SHARE. I’ve already hiked hundreds of prayers from around the world, and I would be honored to hike yours to our Los Angeles Prayer Box! Much love to you all!

Best,

Paige Lewis

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One comment on “Project Prayer Box

  1. Paige
    December 25, 2014

    Topaz,

    It is your complete right to not believe in the power of prayer. This story and this project are not an assault or an attempt to force you into believing that prayer works or into believing anything at all. Personally, I believe there is great strength gained when people join together in supporting and praying for someone going through a specific circumstance. But again, it is your right to believe otherwise, and I won’t argue or attempt to persuade you to agree with me.

    It is not your right, however, to insult me, a complete stranger, or question the actions I took to help my mom. Actions of which you know very little about. Had I sat back from afar and simply hiked prayers all day without physically being there for her, then yes, I might be more understanding of your judgment of me as a “useless” daughter. However, in reality, I flew back to Texas several times over the course of my mom’s treatments. For over 6 months, I was literally in Texas more than I was in California, as I would fly there for several weeks at a time in order to go to doctor’s appointments, chemo treatments, and hospital stays with my mom.

    The internet makes it easy to criticize complete strangers and circumstances. Whatever the source of your anger might be, I can promise you that it was not me or my situation, and honestly it is very hurtful for you to say the things you said. I hope in the future you might think a bit longer about where you aim hateful words. They fall on real people who truly don’t deserve it.

    Hope and healing to you,
    Paige

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